Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
March 2015 Events Newsletter
AARP 25th Charter Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, March 5 at 1:00pm. Come join the
celebration. Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson will be the
speaker. Come and learn how you can be involved in the AARP
Chapter and community. The local AARP Chapter provides a
forum for members to discuss local, state, and national
issues related to older adult needs.
Annual Dogwood Bridge Sectional Tournament
March 13-15. Local players will host this annual regional event at Rufty-Holmes
beginning Friday, March 13 at 1:00pm. For more information,
contact the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
Bus Trip to Wohlfahrt Dinner Theater for "Back to the 50's"
new musical show
Thursday, March 26. Motor coach leaves the Senior Center at 8:00am for a scenic
mountain trip up to the dinner theatre in Wytheville,
Virginia. On the way, we'll stop briefly at a small outlet
mall for some shopping before arriving at the Wohlfahrt
House Dinner Theatre where we will enjoy a delicious
luncheon and a brand new show featuring some great 50's
music. The energetic performers and live band will help us
relive those happy, carefree days. Songs such as "Only You,"
"In the Still of the Night," "Let the Good Times Roll," "On
Blueberry Hill" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll" will rekindle
all the great memories of this golden time. We should return
to the Center about 7:15pm after a short snack or meal stop
on the way. Cost is $65 per person and includes
transportation, lunch, performance, and all tips.
Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center
in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are
first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat
assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a member of
the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient,
you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00pm.
A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris
Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive
Tuesday, March 17 at 5:30pm.
Presented by Rick Ervin, Special Investigator with the Rowan
County District Attorney's Office and former Special Agent
with Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS.) Using a
Power Point Presentation, Mr. Ervin will give participants a
realistic look at terrorism around the world and how it
affects us here in the U.S. He will address types of
terrorism, the mindset of terrorism, and how to prevent
becoming a victim of crime by being more aware of
surroundings. There will be question and answer time at the
end of the presentation. Mr. Ervin's credentials also
include being a Senior Investigator while serving in Iraq, a
former Chief of Police in Troutman, NC, and former Public
Safety Officer for the Town of Mooresville. Open to any
interested older adult. There is no charge for the lecture,
but registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714.
Adult Basic Education Information Meeting
Friday, March 6 at 2:00pm. This meeting is
open to all interested older adults. Brush up on your math
and reading skills, help your grandchildren with their
homework, or get your High School Equivalency. Gain skills
in math, science, history, reading or writing. Attend this
informational meeting with representatives from Rowan
Cabarrus Community College to get started. Refreshments will
be served. For more information, or to pre-register call
Three new classes begin Monday, March 9. Absolute Beginner
Guitar will meet at 1:00pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:15pm, and
Intermediate Guitar at 3:30pm. Learn or re-learn to play the
guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar.
The cost for either eight- week course is $35 payable to the
instructor on the first day of class. New members should
bring a $10 material fee. For questions call Bob at
704-640-0279. To register call 704-216-7714.
Digital Photography Class: Thursday, March
26 and Friday, March 27 from 2-4 pm. Bring your digital
camera. Wayne Hinshaw, free-lance photographer and former
Chief Photographer for the Salisbury Post, will take you on
a photo adventure. The adventure will start with a short
lecture on using the camera, followed by an outdoor photo
excursion. Return Friday with your camera, photos and laptop
computer (if you own one) where Wayne and RHSC Computer
Instructor Debbie Lesley will show you how to enhance your
pictures using the Picasso software program. Wayne Hinshaw
has been awarded over fifty photography press awards and was
Carolina Press Photographer of the year. The cost of this
class is $10 for both sessions. Call 704-216-7714 to
register no later than Monday, March 23. Spaces are limited.
Essential Oils Seminar: Tuesday, March 24
at 6:00pm. Learn about using therapeutic grade essential
oils to replace cleaning products with harsh chemicals,
improve your health, improve your environment and much
more. Join Harry Hinson for this informative lecture. A
variety of essential oils will be on display for
participants to view and test. No charge for the class but
registration is requested by Thursday, March 19. Call
704-216-7714 to register.
Handmade Cards -Tuesday, March 3 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in
one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be
provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival.
Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is
required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction
to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and
demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the
novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration
that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm
beginning January 5. $10 per session payable to the
Parts 2 & 3 of Nutrition & Cooking Series:
The remaining series of lessons will be held Friday, March
6; and Friday, March 27 from 12:30-2:00pm. Learn to cook,
eat and understand good nutrition. Certified Nutritionist
Wendy NaPant will show you how to cook healthy tasty meals
as well as manage your time and your stress level. Wendy is
a Holistic Health Coach who uses fresh healthy foods to
encourage healthier food choices. The cost of each class,
including eating the healthy meal, is $12 per session. Call
704-216-7714 to register. Space is limited.
Spring Stained Glass Classes:
Registration begins March 9 for new eight-week classes
meeting March 23 - May 11. For beginning, intermediate or
advanced students. Two sections (Mondays 2-5pm or Mondays
5:45pm - 8:45pm) to choose from. Instructor is Mike Zeigler.
$55.00 class fee payable to instructor plus materials.
Register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714.
Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm beginning January 5 with Frank
Saunders. Receive individual guidance and benefit from group
instruction as you work on your own watercolor projects. $12
fee per session payable to the instructor.
Pre-registration is not required.
Wreath Making Class: Tuesday, March 10 from 6:00-8:00pm. Learn to make a
deco-mesh spring or Easter wreath with Instructor Harry
Hinson. Harry has been involved in floral design, event
planning, and wedding planning for over twenty years. You
will take home your own wreath for your wall or door. All
supplies will be provided to create either a basic or deluxe
wreath. Basic wreath kit will cost $30. Deluxe wreath kit
will cost $45. Payment is due to the instructor at the
beginning of class. Register by Thursday, March 5 by calling
New Computer Classes
Please pre-register for computer classes at Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Class
participants may bring their own laptop or use one provided
by Rufty-Holmes. Please indicate your choice when
registering. Participants must be members of Rufty-Holmes
Computer Basics: Friday, March 13 from 12:00 noon-4:00 pm. This class will
provide an overview of computer use. We will work on basic
operating skills as well as learning how to access the
Internet and do the basics of word processing. The fee is
Social Networking (Two day class): Wednesday, March 18 from 1:30-4:30pm and
Thursday, March 19 from 9:00am-12:00 noon. In this class we
will examine the most popular social networking sites.
Students will be able to create accounts for some sites (Facebook,
LinkedIn, Instagram, etc) and learn how to use these sites
to their advantage. If accounts are already opened, it is
important to have your passwords with you in class. The fee
Movie of the Month
Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by
Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come
out and enjoy "Heaven is for Real" with Greg Kinnear, Kelly
Reilly and Connor Corum, rated PG-13, on our big screen,
complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture
license # 12137390).
March 18. The Novant Health Breast Center
mobile unit will be on-site in the Rufty-Holmes Senior
Center parking lot to provide mammogram screenings by
appointment from 9:00am to 3:45pm. To make an appointment
call 704-210-6934 by Wednesday, March 11. Is it time for
your annual mammogram? Mammograms are covered as a
preventive screening under most insurance plans. For your
convenience, insurance will be filed. For more information,
Blood Pressure Screenings
Wednesday, March 4 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood
pressure readings and consultation for interested older
adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse
Practitioner Gail Kimball.
blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the
Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours,
sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
Registration or Living Healthy with Diabetes Class
Registration is now open for a new Living Healthy with
Diabetes Class that begins
Friday, April 10th. This class meets every Friday from 9:30am
o 12 noon for six weeks. Facing the challenge of Diabetes?
Living Healthy with Diabetes can help. This class is aimed
at adults 60 and over diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes or
Diabetes, or caregivers of people who have the diagnosis.
Participants will gain practical ways to help manage
Diabetes through healthy diet and nutrition, and exercise.
Sessions also cover medications, treatment choices, how to
reduce stress, and better ways to talk with doctors and
family members about the condition. Learn from Trained
Leaders. Set your own goals and make a step-by-step plan to
improve your health and your life. The 2-1/2 hour weekly
class will meet at Grace United Methodist Church, 846 Faith
Road, Salisbury, NC 28146. Space is limited. Call
704-216-7714 to register.
Outdoor Adventure Club - Trip to Morrow Mountain State Park
Friday, March 20. The RHSC Outdoor Adventure Club members will meet at Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center at 8:30am and car pool to Morrow Mountain
State Park in Albemarle, NC. Elbert Klutz will lead a 4.1
mile hike up Falls Mountain. There will be some long uphill
treks and some loose rocks on this hike. Janet Rash will
lead a moderate 2-3 mile hike, starting at Laurel Trail.
Bring water, snacks, bag lunch and $3 to give the car pool
driver. Dress appropriately for the weather. Walking
sticks are advised. Participation is at your own risk. The
club is open to anyone 55 years or older who likes to hike
and has the ability to walk a minimum of 2 miles at a brisk
pace. New participants will need to complete an
information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement
weather, call the Senior Center, as the outing may be
postponed. To register for this activity call
Thursday, March 12 at 1:00pm. The
Walk-Abouts will meet at the West End Plaza "to walk the
Mall." Walkers should enter at the main entrance (in front
of Baddcock Furniture). New walkers are welcome to join the
group. Please call 704-216-7714 if you plan to attend.
New Exercise Classes
Beginners Gentle Exercise: Begins Monday,
March 2 at 2:30 pm. Worried about starting a new exercise
class? Do you think an exercise class might be too much for
you? Join other seniors who would like to start a gentle
exercise program. Fitness Trainer Angela Hendrix will lead
a gentle class every Monday for six weeks. This class will
be geared towards beginners who are not exercising normally
or who feel the desire to get started exercising again. The
class will offer Gentle Yoga, Balance Exercises and Gentle
Tai Chi moves. Participants must be a member of the center
and meet with a Fitness Trainer to join this class. Cost is
$10.00 for the six-week class.
Cardio Mini Series: Begins Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30pm. Join other seniors in
this Tuesday/Thursday class and get a great cardio workout
with Fitness Trainer Frances Weant. Kickboxing improves
cardiovascular endurance and burns calories. Finish the
class with gentle Pilates moves and relaxing stretches.
Participants must be a member of the Senior Center and meet
with a Fitness Trainer to join the ongoing Cardio Mini
Series Class. The cost is $15.00 per month.
Aqua Power: Begins Tuesday, March 3 at 3:30pm. Sign up for this new
water workout which will meet every Tuesday & Thursday with
Aquatics Instructor Lorraine Reidda. This will be an
energetic aqua workout for older adults. Areas targeted are
cardio respiratory, muscular strength & endurance, building
lean muscle tissue, and flexibility. Participants must
become a member of the Senior Center and meet with a Fitness
Trainer to join the ongoing Aqua Power Class. The cost is
$20.00 per month.
On-Going Exercise ClassesClass Openings
One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes
after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A
variety of offerings are available at different levels, and
Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers
Classic, Strength-ercise, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well
as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water
exercise classes. Strength and aerobic
fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained
staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction.
Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call
Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center on Friday afternoons by appointment
with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per
session. To schedule an appointment call
Meetings This Monthtober Club
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am
Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Overeaters Anonymous - Each Thursday at 6:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm except
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors Breakfast -
Monday, March 2 at 8:00am
Ambassadors Club - Monday, March 2 at noon
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, March 5 at 10:00am
AARP Chapter - Thursday, March 5 at 12:30pm
Busy Bees Craft Club - Friday, March 6 at 10:30am
Military Officers Association - Monday, March 9 at
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, March 9 at 2:00pm
Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel -
Wednesday, March 11 at 10:30am
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, March 11 at
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, March 12 at
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, March 12 at 6:30pm
Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, March 16 at
ADK Sorority - Monday, March 16 at 6:30pm
Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild - Thursday, March 19
Carolina Artists - Thursday, March 19 at 7:00pm
Duke Energy Retirees - Friday, March 20 at 11:00am
Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, March 26
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations
throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older
to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational
programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by
federal, state and local aging grants, there is no
charge to participate, but donations are encouraged
and accepted. For more information, call
AARP Tax-Aide Program
Each Tuesday in March & early April, at the Senior
Center with a previous appointment.
Free one-to-one assistance for moderate or low
income persons in completing simple federal and
state income tax returns. Sponsored by AARP with
trained volunteers. Morning and afternoon
appointments available each month. Call 704-216-7714
to schedule an appointment. At the time of
appointment, persons should bring with them a copy
of their 2013 completed returns, any statements of
earnings or income received for 2014, their Social
Security card, and a photo identification. Call for
"Are You Okay?" Service
Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety
checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
Assistance with Hearing Needs
For individuals who are hard of hearing and need
assistance with hearing devices or telephone
communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of
Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call
to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by
Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of
North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with
interested persons at the Center by appointment to
provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family
law, public assistance, housing, consumer
protection, etc). The service is free to low-income
adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds
from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and
to schedule an appointment,
call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562
and identify yourself as an older adult residing in
The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located
at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers
Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet
with Rowan County veterans to assist them in
applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they
are legally entitled.
For an appointment, call 704-216-8130.
Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance
Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term
Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on
Aging, is available each month to answer individual
questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an
Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain
passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools
athletic, musical and drama events free of charge.
These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the
Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall
Insurance Information Program Assistance
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County
location for the Seniors' Health Insurance
Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC
Department of Insurance. Staff and trained
counselors are available to assist individuals and
families with impartial information on Medicare
supplemental and prescription drug plans by
appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.
General Information & Assistance
Staff members are available to assist individuals
and families with general information and assistance
in utilizing various community services available to
older adults. If you have a need, call the Senior
Help Line at 704-216-7700.
Nominations for Annual "Service to Seniors" Awards
The Rowan County Council on Aging is seeking
nominations for individual volunteers of all ages,
and community organizations, that have shown
"exemplary service" to older adults in our
community. Winners selected by the Council will be
honored at a special banquet to be held in May.
Nomination forms can be obtained at Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center, or on the Center's website at
www.ruftyholmes.org The deadline for
submitting a nomination is April 6.
This 'n That
There will not be a Men's or Women's Health &
Fitness Club meeting in March. Starting in April
there will be one Health and Fitness Club open to
both men and women. The newly combined Health &
Fitness Club will meet on the second Wednesday of
the month at 2:00pm. Look for exciting new Health &
Fitness programs to come.
Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for
SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on
Friday, March 6 from 8:30am-11:30am.
Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free
BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults
age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to
"Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call
704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information.
"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday
at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS NOW
SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5
MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE #
1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252. COUNTY
RESIDENTS CAN CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE AT